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  • Miles Hedley

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH online at Royal Museums Greenwich

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

February is LGBTQ+ History Month at Royal Museums Greenwich but because of Covid rules the 2021 line-up of talks, films, workshops and family fun will be online – and many of the events are free.

The two themes this year are chosen families and love, which will be celebrated by artists and activists with the help of RMG’s amazing collection and archive.

First up on February 3 is an interactive workshop by acclaimed singer, rapper and spoken word artist Bad Lay-Dee who will explore queer stories found at RMG, honour individuality and underscore the strength of the LGBTQ+ community.

On the 10th and as part of the nationwide OUTing The Past festival, speakers including Stonewall’s Lesbian Role Model Of The Year Laila El-Metoui, Mandla Rae, David Ikpo, Jenny White and Maggy Moyo will highlight the plight of non-western queer communities with a particular emphasis on migration, imperialism and activism.

A week later on the 18th writer Jane Traies showcases her new book Free To Be Me, a collection of refugee stories from the Lesbian Immigration Support Group. The evening will also examine key “migration moments” in Britain via panel discussions and a quiz.

The Mother Mirror on the 24th is an experimental video directed by Anju Kasturiraj which uses dance, tableau and ritual to explore chosen families, migration and being a fish out of water.

This year’s much-loved Fierce Queen’s event is being hosted online by Adam All and Apple Derrieres, who promise an evening of drag performances, historical tours and creative activities to celebrate love in Greenwich down the ages.

There are also many family-friendly events such as an arts and crafts workshop on the 10th and, every day throughout the month, Rainbow Crafternoons which offer youngsters absorbing activities to do at home.

Further details about all the month‘s events can be found at

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